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Orc Stain Volume 1 TP Paperback – June 26, 2012
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I get a lot of Akira vibrations while reading it (as far as the outlandish-yet-familiar nature of it, and some of the extreemes), I get Miyazaki vibes from it (as far as the wonder placed upon the animals [from mounts to head-dresses...Zazu was one of my favorite characters and he's a witch's hat!], yet its entirely its own work. I am excited for the series and I'm glad to know someone makes a living creating something that is this wholly its own. This is champion work, and I've done everything I can to put it in the hands of the friends I know who love graphic novels/comics/fantasy/anime. They have all loved it as well.
But beware: While not a XXX title, and while not a big joke to get you to look at them, this book contains some pen-15. The most non-erotic pen-15 ever. I guess its the next punk frontier perhaps (now that drugs and violence are passe)...
A warning: This book isn't for kids. A decent portion of the characters are very focused on cutting off other's Gronchs. Look at the cover and you will see one thing that is highly valued among Orcs in this universe.
Opening the cover and flipping through the pages of James Stokoe's 'Orc Stain: Volume 1' was one of those rare instances that the artist's style triggered a cerulean blue thunderbolt of aesthetic revelation, arcing from printed page to optical cortex. In the last several years, there's only been a handful: Michael Deforge's 'Lose'; Jesse Jacob's 'Even the Giants'; Theo Ellsworth's 'Capacity'; and Rafael Grampa's 'Mesmo Delivery'. Other artists -- some of whom I like just as much or better -- usually start strong, but gradually convince me of their genius as the story progresses... no cerulean blue thunderbolts; they just didn't have the bombastic style or apparent originality of an artist like Rafael Grampa -- for example.
The fourth name on that list is James Stokoe. His early work in Won Ton Soup bears a strong resemblance to the style of his friend Brandon Graham; but my first exposure was the spot he landed after making a huge evolutionary leap: the toxic colors and bold, intricate line-work of 'Orc Stain: Volume 1'. There was still a Graham influence, but it was just one ingredient in a concoction that includes Paul Pope, Nathan Fox, Geof Darrow, Moebius, Taiyo Matsumoto, Dave Cooper, and Farel Dalrymple. With that many ingredients, the stylistic influences coalesce and disappear, becoming something new.
Honestly, 'Orc Stain' could've sucked as a story -- I think I expected it to suck -- so I was surprised to find myself loving Stokoe's nasty little fantasy about a world ruled by Orcs. This goes way beyond the 'grimdark' genre in many ways, but it's got an easy, lightly satirical humor that keeps it far from bleak. Everything in this world looks diseased or poisonous, but it's fun to look at and richly detailed.Read more ›
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I like the artist's style. The story is unique in many ways, but still just a simple adventure in the end. Entertaining but not amazing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nick Ruskin
I'm going to preface my review by saying I LOVE THIS BOOK. Great writing, terrific story and the art is so gorgeous. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rockabilly Randy
This book is great. If it's got the words James Stokoe written on the front of it, it's worth buying.Published 20 months ago by Slade Doomy
Very entertaining, great artwork. The book is poorly bound though, began falling apart upon first opening. But it isn't something a little tape and delicate usage couldn't handle.Published on August 24, 2014 by Steven Anzardo
Awesome piece of work. Takes you out of the box, and shoots you to another place completely new. To see life through the eyes (I mean, eye, singular) of an orc was enlightening.Published on May 8, 2014 by João Possani
...James Stokoe destroys it with Orc Stain - a viscious romp through the depraved mind of this creative genius, who you should certainly already know from Godzilla: Half Century... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by 3lix13
excellent, detailed artwork. Recommend this to all graphic novel lovers. Would love to get the entire series, and follow the storyline to completion. Good shtuff!Published on November 10, 2013 by Kaimi Keohokalole
So, the guy who wrote this comic is obviously insane--an awesome world, killer artwork, and a fast-paced story make this a book that you should definitely read.Published on October 5, 2013 by Wind Lothamer